Graphics card problem! HELP?
bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Thu May 17 14:47:17 UTC 2007
Michael Emberlin wrote:
> Andrew Syrewicze wrote:
>> Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>>> Andrew Syrewicze wrote:
>>>> Just a quick question. Did you install the nvidia driver from the
>>>> repositories or the driver from Nvidia.com???
>>> I tried the nvidia-glx and nvidia-glx-new from the repos, and tried
>>> Automatix2 (couldn't detect the card to identify), and I tried an
>>> application caled Envy (which apparently is what NVIDIA translates to?),
>>> but Envy couldn't ID the card, and then I tried Envy in manual mode and
>>> that didn't work either.
>>> Results varied from the white screen (which stuck if I didn't hit escape
>>> quickly enough) to X failing to start to complete black screen lockup.
>>> Each time I had to either boot to safe mode from GRUB or log in as an
>>> admin user and re-copy a backup of xorg.conf to the /etc/X11 directory
>>> and restart, after which it would work again sans extra feature.
>>>> I have found that the driver from the repositories works quite
>>>> painlessly, though I don't know for a card that new. I'm running a 7900
>>>> GT Extreme and it works like a champ for me :)
>>> How new is the 8600? That is most likely part of my problem. Any idea
>>> if there is work being done to support it in the open-source world?
>> Your best bet may be to go to nvidia.com and download the driver from
>> there. I know that method is frowned upon in the debian world, but with
>> a card that new it may be your best bet.
>> Anyone else on the list running that vid card???
> You're best bet to see if your card is supported, is to browse through
> the list of video cards in the README file at
I didn't see it there, per se, but it might be out of date...the beta
driver on their site is
It says that the driver was just released on April 20th? It looks like
it explicitly supports the 8600gt.
I will have to see that I try installing build-essential from Synaptic
and then figure out how to run Ubuntu without an X server running in the
proper init level before trying to install the driver, from the sounds
of it. Can I just use a virtual terminal (ctl-alt-f2) and sudo gdm stop
to quit out of X in the background?
I guess I just didn't know how new this card is. I'm really really
hoping that down the road I can upgrade and this card will actually be
fully supported...I just have no idea what the progress is that teams at
NVIDIA and/or Beryl/compiz and/or the OSS developers behind the
open-source NVIDIA drivers are making, and I have no idea who to email
or where to look to see if this is even being worked on.
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